Mark Viduka offers verdict on Georginio Rutter and Leeds United's play-off final prospects

Mark Viduka would love nothing more than to see Leeds United secure promotion back to the Premier League. The former Whites striker will be rooting for his old club when they face Southampton at Wembley in the Championship play-off final on Sunday.

Despite picking up a whopping 90 points in the regular league season, the Whites missed out on automatic promotion. Leicester City won the league and Ipswich Town pipped United to second spot.

But a win at the home of football this weekend will see the Whites return to the top table of English football. Speaking to offshorepokersites.com, Viduka praised United's performance following their resounding 4-0 win at home to Norwich City in the second leg of their play-off semi-final to seal a first Wembley trip since 2008.

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He said: "I watched the game and look, I think the win against Norwich was one of Leeds' best performances in a long time. Four goals against Norwich, who are not a bad side, will hopefully give them a confidence boost.

"In a one-off game, anything can happen. One of the biggest rules in football is, if you don't take your chances, the opponent will go down the other end and score.

"I really don't want to jinx it and I pray to god Leeds win promotion, but I'm happy they've got a 4-0 win behind them and they're going into the game with more confidence. I hope they win promotion this year because Leeds deserve it across the course of the season."

United won only one of their last six games of the regular season and their play-off fate was sealed on the final day when Ipswich beat Huddersfield Town and Daniel Farke’s side lost at home to Southampton. "I thought Leeds were going to win promotion automatically and not need to compete in the play-offs," said Viduka, who notched 72 goals in 166 appearances during a four-year stint at Elland Road. "They were on fire, they hadn't lost a game for around three months or something and then the international break kicked in.

"I think when Georginio Rutter suffered an injury, he came back and wasn't playing as well as he did previously. For me, he's a player that can get on the ball and create something from nothing. He's not a natural striker but he's a natural number 10.

"Summerville's level also dropped off following the international break, he struggled to influence games as much as he was previously. But having gone three months unbeaten, you can't say anything negative against the team.

"After doing so well, they then went into a period when they needed to win as many games as possible to win automatic promotion. But in those few games, their form just dropped off a cliff for whatever reason."